Asia

chirashi-zushi also called scattered sushi

Chirashi Zushi | Scattered Sushi

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On our travels in Japan we’ve enjoyed chirashi zushi from Osaka all the way up to Sapporo.  It’s a delicious bed of perfectly seasoned sushi rice topped with anything from a layer to a mound of fresh seafood, vegetables and other condiments.   We’ve had…

Styles of sushi

The many forms and styles of sushi

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We adore Japanese food and nothing beats fresh sushi whether it’s served up near Omi-Cho in the coastal city of Kanazawa or in a tiny sushi restaurant outside Tokyo’s famous fish market.  To be honest we’ve had some amazing sushi all across the country.  We adore…

Korakuen garden in Okayama

Korakuen Garden in Okayama

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The Korakuen Garden in Okayama is rated as one of the top 3 gardens in Japan.  That’s high praise in a country with the so much natural beauty and so many highly prized gardens.  Having visited though I’d have to agree that this garden is…

Hiroshima-peace-park

Exploring the Hiroshima Peace Park

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The Hiroshima Peace Park (known as Heiwakinen in Japanese) is the first place most visitors to the city aim for when they arrive.  Whether you’re making an intercity day trip or intend to base yourself in Hiroshima for a few days you’re unlikely to come to town…

Everything you need to know about Shichi-go-san celebrations

Shichi-go-san festival in Japan

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There’s not much that’s more adorable, or kawaii I guess, than dozens of young children in traditional kimonos.  It’s a sight you’re likely to see a lot in Shinto shrines during the shichi-go-san festival in mid November.  An excess of cuteness and so many bright colours is a photographers dream…

Hakone cable car

Hakone Freepass | Is it good value?

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Hakone is a popular day-trip from Tokyo or an interesting short stay option.  For visitors who want an onsen experience while in Japan but don’t have the time to travel further afield it’s easily accessible in Hakone and there’s so much more to see and…

Exploring the geisha districts of Kyoto

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The city of Kyoto is a dream for anyone with an interest in Japanese history.  It’s a fantastic city to wander around, it’s flat, there is something to look at every few metres and it’s overflowing with opportunities to learn more about Japanese culture.  Add…

The Rakan of Daisho-in Temple

Daisho-in temple on Miyajima Island

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If you’re planning a visit to Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture you will probably have Itsukushima Shrine at the top of your list of things to see.  The waterfront shine is famous for its ‘floating’ tori gate and shrine buildings and is especially dramatic at…

Mt Misen Miyajima

The stunning Mt Misen, Miyajima

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Goal for the day?  The top of Mt Misen! I enthusiastically parted the curtains of our room high up in the Hiroshima Granvia Hotel to watch the daylight creeping into the sky across over the city.  The weather was grey and more hazy then would…